The 22nd Vietnam Film Festival will take place in the central province of Thua Thien – Hue from November 18-20 in virtual form for the first time, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism announced at a press conference in Hanoi on October 22.
Director of the Cinematography Department Vi Kien Thanh said this year, the organizing board will present two new awards, one for a feature film with the best cinematography, and the other for outstanding debut by a director. These awards aim to recognize the technological development of Vietnamese cinema, and encourage new talents.
Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Ta Quang Dong said despite the many impacts caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the film industry has made great efforts to maintain production activities and complete many cinema works to serve people.
In addition to honouring the country's film industry, the festival will be a bridge for new films to reach the public via digital platforms, he said.
A total of 128 films of 42 units will vie to prizes in the festival, comprising 26 feature films, 56 documentaries, 15 science films, and 31 cartoons.
As schedule, an exhibition themed “Thua Thien – Hue - destination of film makers”, an “Ao dai” (long dress) performance show, and an online exchange programme with artists will be arranged in the framework of the festival.